“Sebastian’s time is over”- Felipe Massa makes a harsh call for Sebastian Vettel’s career, as the German reaches the dawn of his days in F1.
Sebastian Vettel the veteran driver in Formula 1 is set to make a new start in his career with Aston Martin in 2021, as it was earlier announced this season that he would be leaving Ferrari by the end of 2020.
Now, Felipe Massa has come into advocate his former team and said that Vettel’s days are over and they did it right by replacing him with Carlos Sainz, who is bound to join them next year.
Speaking to AS.com, “It must be recognised that it is a very serious problem. The car is the most important thing. Without a competitive car, you cannot win and that does not depend on the drivers.”
“On the other hand, I think Sebastian’s time is over because he is not doing the job that one expects from a four-time World Champion and I think the team had to make make a change.”
“It is not the best time for Sebastian, he thinks that he is not being treated well and for the team, it’s not good to have a driver in this situation, uncompetitive. His departure was the best solution for both of them.”
With Vettel, gone Ferrari is banking on youth with Carlos slotting in next to Charles to spearhead the great team’s next-generation which Massa has a good feeling about.
“I think that Sainz will be competitive,” predicted the Brazilian. “He has already shown his speed when he started in Formula 1, but especially in the last two years, getting good results with McLaren and I think he can work well,”
“Charles is in a great phase of his career, so it will not be easy for Sainz, but he can do a great job and be strong with Ferrari,” added Massa, who spent eight years at Ferrari, winning eleven times in Red and coming agonisingly close to the title in 2008
Should have a competitive car
While much of blame for Ferrari’s woes are going to its underwhelming engine, it has also been argued that the real problem is the chassis which has proven to be deplorable and difficult to drive.
“It is a very difficult time for Ferrari. It is sad to see them this way, with the problems they are having this year. said Massa.
“Ferrari is a team that is obliged to be competitive and when it is not, it is a very serious thing, not only for the fans but also for the people who work within the team.
“I have also had difficult years, in which the car was not competitive, but nothing like this year. I hope the Ferrari situation will change soon, maybe not now, but in a few years.”